...from "A Meeting Place: The History of The American Association for Public Opinion Research", edited by Paul B. Sheatsley and Warren J. Mitofsky.

The oldest regional group of AAPOR members to have local meetings is in the Washington-Baltimore area, where they began in the early 1950s, shortly after AAPOR was founded. In April 1953 Martin Kriesberg wrote to then-President Archibald Crossley requesting a charter for a D.C. chapter. Presumably because national AAPOR as yet had no provisions for local chapters, no charter was granted, but the group continued to meet on an informal basis for the next twenty years. It surged up and down in enthusiasm and membership, was "reactivated" in 1966, and finally, in the mid-1970s, ratified formal by-laws acceptable to the Council, which in 1977 proudly welcomed its "newest" member!

In its early years, Washington chapter meetings were held in the evenings, often at the Brookings Institution. With so many members living in suburbia, however, luncheon meetings attracted larger groups and they are now the established forum. Meetings usually include a preliminary get-together, a speaker, and a question period. Topics range widely, covering such things as current political attitudes, social programs, communications, methodology and potential or existing government regulations. Largest attendance was the Foreign Service club in 1978, when former AAPOR Presidents George Gallup and Archibald Crossley, invited as co-speakers to reminisce on the beginnings of public opinion research, passed lightly over their assigned topic and proceeded instead to discuss potential future directions.

The chapter had no formal dues for many years, expenses being met by tacking on a small fee to the luncheon price. In the mid-1980s, however, with rises in both postage and meal costs, an annual mailing fee of $3 was instituted.

Presidents of the chapter from its formalization through 1986 were Frank Bourne, Helen Crossley, John Martin, Hugh Parry, Tad Cantril, Ken Adler, Doris Northrup (Krug), John Robinson, Bernard Roshco, Betsy Martin, and Clyde Tucker.

Executive Councils Through the Years

Term Starting President Secretary Treasurer Program Chair
1/1/2017 Scott Fricker Jessica Holzberg Rebecca Medway Paul Scanlon
1/1/2016 Gina Walejko Ashley Amaya Patricia Goerman Stephanie Eckman
1/1/2015 Morgan Earp Casey Tesfaye Robin Kaplan Carl Ramirez
1/1/2014 Kathy Downey Piscopo Melissa Mitchell Marilyn Worthy Scott Fricker
1/1/2013 Jennifer Romano Bergstrom Heather Ridolfo Jill Lacey Gina Walejko
1/1/2012 Stephen Blumberg Wendy Hicks Sarah Dipko Morgan Earp
1/1/2011 Grace O'Neill Jennifer Romano Robin Gentry Matthew Jans
1/1/2010 Ryan Hubbard Jennifer Agiesta Anna Fleeman Scott Clement
1/1/2009 Paul Schroeder Andy Zukerberg John Fries Kathryn Downey
1/1/2008 Eileen O'Brien Tim Triplett Michael Lemay Paul Guerino
1/1/2007 Adam Safir Jennifer Beck Aaron Maitland Ryan Hubbard
1/1/2006 John Boyle Jennifer Hunter Childs Paul Schroeder Peyton Craighill
1/1/2005 Carl Ramirez Grace O'Neill Beth Webb Robie Sangster
1/1/2004 Paul Beatty Diane Willimack Michael Cohen Eileen O'Brien
1/1/2003 Dawn V. Nelson Jim Caplan Adam Safir Joy Sharp
6/1/2001 Claudia Deane Terry DeMaio Karen Goldenberg Sylvia Fisher
6/1/2000 Rob Santos Audrey Kindlon Carolyn Shettle Sylvia Fisher
12/1/1999 Rob Santos Audrey Kindlon Carolyn Shettle
6/1/1999 Karol Krotki Audrey Kindlon Carolyn Shettle
6/1/1998 Rob Simmons Carolyn Shettle
6/1/1997 Chuck Cowan Nancy Bates
6/1/1996 Brad Edwards Jack Katosh
6/1/1995 Maria Elena Sanchez Jack Katosh
6/1/1994 Barbara Smela Jack Katosh
6/1/1993 Fran Featherston Jack Katosh
6/1/1992 Sharon Warden Jack Katosh
6/1/1991 Becky Quarles Jack Katosh
6/1/1990 Al Richman Jack Katosh
6/1/1989 Ken John Jack Katosh
6/1/1988 Terry DeMaio
6/1/1987 Stan Presser
6/1/1986 Clyde Tucker
6/1/1985 Betsy Martin
6/1/1984 Bernard Roshco
6/1/1983 John Robinson
6/1/1982 Doris Northrup (Krug)
6/1/1981 Ken Adler
6/1/1980 Tad Cantril
6/1/1979 Hugh Parry
6/1/1978 John Martin
6/1/1977 Helen Crossley
1/1/1977 Frank Bourne

Note: The list of past executive councils has been compiled from a variety of sources. Please contact us with any corrections, or even better, additions!